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The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

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A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea.


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Fred Sadoff ...
Gina Rowe (as Sheila Mathews)
Jan Arvan ...
Byron Webster ...


A passenger ship, on her way to the scrap yard is pushed to her limits by the new owners to save on the dismantling fees. A tidal wave hits her, flipping her over so that all the internal rooms are upside down. A priest takes a mixed band of survivors on a journey through the bowels of the ship in an attempt to survive. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Combining the talents of fifteen Academy Award Winners See more »


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Release Date:

13 December 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La aventura del Poseidón  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)


$93,300,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filming was delayed twice due to cost. In addition to oceans of red ink incurred by its television division (ironically from high-budget shows produced by Irwin Allen), Twentieth Century-Fox was also suffering from losses from several big-budget musicals undertaken in the wake of the studio's enormous success with The Sound of Music (1965), Doctor Dolittle (1967), Star! (1968), and Hello, Dolly! (1969), as spectacles were being trounced by smaller character-driven films, and the studio was nervous about a disaster movie's prospects, especially one produced by Allen. Fox finally relented when Allen promised to raise half of the budget himself. Reportedly, Allen found outside backers by crossing Pico Boulevard from Fox's main gate to the nearby Hillcrest Country Club, where he found some friends playing cards. During the card game, Allen cajoled them into backing his film. Because the studio never spent any of the backers' money, the backers made a tidy profit from the success of the film without actually spending a dime. See more »


When Acres fell there was an explosion underneath him that killed him. What he fell into was the ship's open-air ventilation shaft. There is nothing on the top of the shaft that could have blown up. See more »


Reverend Frank Scott: Are you gonna give us a hand, Mr Rogo?
Mike Rogo: No. Didn't you hear what that Purser said. He said to stay here and keep calm. Help will be here, and I'm staying right here.
Linda Rogo: There he goes, that's my old man.
Mike Rogo: Look Linda.
Linda Rogo: Everything by the book.
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Crazy Credits

There is no 20th Century Fox logo animation displayed, beginning or end. An in-credit text-only notice for that company replaced the usual logo animation. See more »


Featured in The 74th Annual Academy Awards (2002) See more »


The Song From The Poseidon Adventure
Words and Music by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
Orchestration Alexander Courage
Performed by Carol Lynley (uncredited) (dubbed by Renée Armand (uncredited))
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the only path to Heaven is via Hell
24 May 2004 | by (Wolverhampton, England) – See all my reviews

'The Poseidon Adventure' is a supremely entertaining flick from the days when blockbusters were amongst the best movies out there. Rather than the worst.

Sure, it's corny and it's histrionics can seem overly familiar, but it still packs a punch. This is due to the fact that it's played completely straight. Well, relatively straight in the case of the Borgnine/ Stevens double-act. And it achieves real dramatic resonance from it's allegorical plot line. It pretty much created the template for the 'disaster' film.

Favourite bits:

Red Buttons' funky little walk up on deck.

The way Pamela Sue Martin and her date boogie down when they hit the dance floor.

Pamela Sue Martin's legs. Ditto Carol Lynley.

Lynley's hippy brother.

Roddy McDowall's accent and dialogue (consisting mostly of "yes, sir" and "I think so, sir").

Ernest Borgnine learning that kids can be useful as well as merely irritating.

Hackman's "Please, God - not THIS woman" schtick and death scene.

All of Stella Stevens' wardrobe.

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